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Is LED lighting right for you?
LED or light emitting diodes are similar to resistors except they only allow for electricity to pass one way through them. When the electricity passes through them, light is generated. This type of device is known to have a long life span with the average LED now lasting 30,000 to 50,000 hours.
These little diodes are also capable of generating the same amount of lumens as other bulbs including CFLs and fluorescent bulbs, but at a reduced level of power required. This makes them more power efficient than any other device that generates light.
The LEDs also generate no heat, unlike other light sources. This makes them the safest to use.
LEDs are commonly used in strips and modules, but they can also be purchased as a screw in bulbs and spotlight fixtures. Because of that new lighting fixtures are not always necessary. If your lighting system is old or original, replacement with new wires will provide the best and most efficient energy system possible.
The LED is extremely lightweight so mounting many of them is done with double sided tape. The old strip lights that have been mounted with screws and brackets can be converted and the LED strips can be mounted with 2 simple anchor screws.
The design of many of the fixtures is similar in size to standard lighting fixtures of the past. Because of that new fixtures of the same style can be found and reduce the installation time required for the changeover.
Disadvantages of converting your caravan to LED lights
Purchasing a new lighting system will require a small investment, but the money spent will be recouped when using the system because of the reduced power consumption of the LED lights.
For many, the biggest drawback is installing the new lighting system. Some of the LED light fixtures are plug and go types while others will require soldering. If you plan on doing this yourself, be realistic on your abilities.
Things to check before any purchase of new lights
The type of system currently in use must be known. This includes the voltage used, 12V is standard, but check to make sure.
The existing wiring should also be checked. An Ohm metre can be used to detect any wires that should be replaced.
It is advisable to write down the sizes of the light fixture already in place. Know how they are mounted, the number of screws used and if you want the same type to replace it. Replacing like for like is the fastest, but not always the most desirable if a change is wanted.
The LED light system in your caravan will make it possible to shine lights well after dark with little to no worry you will drain the battery. Their long lifespan also means once your caravan is converted you will have years of enjoyment before you might have to replace any of them.